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A growing trend, with growing support.

Dry needling in physical therapy is increasing, but the regulatory landscape is uneven, with the intervention being included in the PT scope of practice in some states and not others.

APTA supports the inclusion of dry needling in regulatory frameworks, accompanied by appropriate educational qualifications for PTs to engage in the intervention.


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Busting Payment Myths (and Regulating Your Expectations) Part 4

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Topics covered in this article: dry needling payment and telehealth audits.

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Joseph Donnelly, PT, DHS , discusses what you need to know about dry needling, trigger points, and myofascial pain syndrome and how physical therapy can work in these areas.

For Consumers: Dry Needling: What You Should Know

Aug 1, 2018 / Website

This webpage from APTA's consumer-focused ChoosePT.com website provides an overview of the intervention, related equipment used, and the PT's role.

Study: Adding Dry Needling to Exercise for Shoulder Pain Could Reduce Broad...

Mar 21, 2018 / Review

Adding trigger point dry needling to an exercise program for patients with chronic shoulder pain may be more cost-effective than exercise alone, according to a recent clinical trial.